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Dave O'Brien

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dave O'Brien (born David Poole Fronabarger, May 31, 1912 – November 8, 1969) was an American film actor, director, and writer. O'Brien was best known to movie audiences in the 1940s as the hero of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy short film series Pete Smith Specialties narrated by Pete Smith. O'Brien wrote and directed many of these subjects under the name David Barclay. He also appeared in many low-budget Westerns, often billed as Tex O'Brien. In 1942, O'Brien starred in the movie serial Captain Midnight. Modern audiences perhaps best remember O'Brien as a frantic dope addict in the 1936 low-budget exploitation film Tell Your Children (better known under its reissue title, Reefer Madness). As a writer for The Red Skelton Show, O'Brien shared an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1961 and shared a nomination for the same award in 1963. O'Brien died, aged 57, of a heart attack while competing in a yachting race.

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May 31, 1912 In Big Spring, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Dawn Patrol 1930-07-10
Latest Project:
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II 1976-05-16
Known For
Poster of The Yanks Are Coming
Poster of Isle Of Destiny
Poster of On Your Toes
Poster of Code of the Cactus
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie The Kettles in the Ozarks Conductor 1956-04-01
Movie The Desperados Are in Town Dock Lapman / Mr. Brown 1956-10-31
Movie The Man Around the House Hugo Hightonsil (uncredited) 1955-01-01
Movie Just What I Needed Harry Horseknuckle 1955-04-15
Movie The Fall Guy Himself as Various Characters (archive footage) 1955-06-04
Movie Tennessee Champ Luke MacWade 1954-03-03
Movie Ain't It Aggravatin' Parking Space Hog / Apartment House Manager / Frugal Man / Harry Hollowhead 1954-02-06
Movie Do Someone a Favor! George Dibson 1954-04-10
Movie T.V. of Tomorrow Man on TV 1953-06-06
Movie Cash Stashers A Shmoe Named Joe 1953-08-29
Movie Kiss Me Kate Ralph 1953-11-26
Movie Things We Can Do Without Thaddeus E. Thud III 1953-12-05
Movie Reducing Man on Bench (uncredited) 1952-03-22
Movie I Love Children, But! The Daddy 1952-12-27
Movie Did'ja Know? Expectant Father / Greeting Card Shopper / Hospital Patient / Job Applicant 1950-05-06
Movie A Wife's Life George T. Hardnose (uncredited) 1950-09-01
Movie Wrong Way Butch Butch 1950-09-02
Movie I Love My Mother-In-Law But... The Son-In-Law / Husband 1948-02-07
Movie You Can't Win Harried Homeowner 1948-05-29
Movie Just Suppose Husband (uncredited) 1948-07-17
Movie I Love My Wife BUT! The Husband 1947-04-05
Movie Have You Ever Wondered? Husband / Driver / Man at Gumball Machine / Toupee Wearer 1947-12-13
Movie Studio Visit O'Brien 1946-05-11
Movie Equestrian Quiz: What's Your I.Q.? No. 11 Horace 1946-05-18
Movie Treasures from Trash Alonzo T. Mousebrain 1946-06-08
Movie Sure Cures Xavier T. Schneckendorf 1946-11-02
Movie I Love My Husband, But! The Husband 1946-12-07
Movie The Man Who Walked Alone Marion Scott 1945-03-15
Movie Marked for Murder Dave Wyatt 1945-02-08
Movie The Phantom of 42nd Street Tony Woolrich 1945-05-02
Movie Three in the Saddle Dave Wyatt 1945-07-26
Movie Enemy of the Law Dave Wyatt 1945-05-07
Movie Flaming Bullets Dave Wyatt / Steve Carson 1945-10-14
Movie Frontier Fugitives Dave Wyatt 1945-09-01
Movie The Pinto Bandit Tex Wyatt 1944-04-26
Movie Spook Town Tex Wyatt 1944-06-03
Movie Sportsman's Memories Fabian Tecumseh 'Joe' Funk (uncredited) 1944-04-22
Movie Outlaw Roundup Tex Wyatt 1944-02-10
Movie Movie Pests Feet-in-the-Aisle Pest 1944-07-08
Movie Guns of the Law Tex Wyatt 1944-03-30
Movie The Whispering Skull Dave Wyatt 1944-12-29
Movie Brand of the Devil Tex Wyatt 1944-07-30
Movie Safety Sleuth Careless Man 1944-11-25
Movie Dead or Alive Dave Wyatt 1944-11-09
Movie Gangsters of the Frontier Dave Wyatt 1944-09-22
Movie Gunsmoke Mesa Tex Wyatt 1944-09-01
Movie West of Texas Tex Wyatt 1943-05-10
Movie Bad Men of Thunder Gap Tex Wyatt 1943-03-05
Movie Border Buckaroos Tex Wyatt 1943-06-15
Movie Seventh Column Falstaff Pratt the Indestructible Man 1943-07-31
Movie Boss of Rawhide Tex Wyatt 1943-11-20
Movie Trail of Terror Tex Wyatt / Curly Wyatt 1943-09-06
Movie The Return of the Rangers Tex Wyatt 1943-10-26
Movie Fighting Valley Tex Wyatt 1943-08-08
Movie Down Texas Way Dave Dodge 1942-05-22
Movie Prisoner of Japan U. S. Marine 1942-07-22
Movie Victory Quiz 1942-05-09
Movie Captain Midnight Captain Albright / Captain Midnight 1942-02-15
Movie Law and Order Jeff Travis 1942-08-21
Movie Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns Jeff 1942-05-01
Movie 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Sgt. Phil Lyons 1942-11-20
Movie Sheriff Of Sage Valley Jeff 1942-09-02
Movie The Rangers Take Over Tex Wyatt 1942-12-25
Movie Bowery at Midnight Pete Crawford 1942-10-30
Movie The Yanks Are Coming Sgt. Callahan 1942-11-09
Movie Calling All Pa's Joe Thunderstruck 1942-10-24
Movie King of the Stallions Unknown 1942-09-18
Movie The Texas Marshal Buzz Weston 1941-07-12
Movie Murder by Invitation Michael 1941-06-30
Movie Flying Wild Tom Lawson 1941-03-10
Movie The Spider Returns Jackson, Wentworth's Aide 1941-05-09
Movie Billy the Kid in Santa Fe Texas Joe 1941-07-11
Movie Forbidden Trails Jim Cramer 1941-12-25
Movie Double Trouble Sparky Barton 1941-11-21
Movie The Gunman From Bodie Joe Martin 1941-09-19
Movie Spooks Run Wild Jeff Dixon 1941-10-24
Movie Billy the Kid Wanted Jeff 1941-10-03
Movie Murder on the Yukon Constable Kelly 1940-02-25
Movie Isle Of Destiny Whitey - Navy Radio Man 1940-03-08
Movie East Side Kids Knuckles Dolan 1940-02-10
Movie Yukon Flight Constable Kelly 1940-01-02
Movie On the Spot Charlie 1940-06-11
Movie Son of the Navy Nelson 1940-01-01
Movie Danger Ahead Corporal Kelly 1940-01-22
Movie Phantom Rancher Henchman Lucke 1940-03-31
Movie The Cowboy from Sundown Steve Davis 1940-09-05
Movie Hold That Woman! Miles Hanover 1940-06-28
Movie The Devil Bat Johnny Layton 1940-12-13
Movie Queen of the Yukon Bob Adams 1940-08-26
Movie That Gang of Mine Knuckles Dolan 1940-09-23
Movie Sky Bandits Constable Kelly 1940-07-06
Movie Boys of the City Knuckles Dolan 1940-07-15
Movie Gun Code Henchman Gale 1940-08-03
Movie Undercover Agent Billiards Player 1939-04-19
Movie Riders of the Sage Tom Martin 1939-08-01
Movie Outlaws' Paradise Henchman Meggs 1939-04-18
Movie Wyoming Outlaw Acacia Park Game Warden 1939-06-27
Movie Rollin' Westward Ranch hand Red 1939-03-01
Movie New Frontier Jason Braddock 1939-08-10
Movie Code of the Cactus Bob Swane 1939-02-25
Movie Texas Wildcats Unknown 1939-04-09
Movie Water Rustlers Bob Lawson 1939-01-06
Movie Buried Alive Carson 1939-11-06
Movie Crashing Thru Fred Chambers 1939-12-11
Movie Daughter of the Tong Jerry Morgan 1939-08-28
Movie Fighting Mad Constable Kelly 1939-11-05
Movie Flaming Lead Frank Gordon 1939-11-01
Movie The Fighting Renegade Dr. Jerry Leonard 1939-08-31
Movie On Your Toes Man in Audience 1939-10-14
Movie The Arizona Kid Soldier 1939-09-28
Movie Mutiny in the Big House Daniels 1939-10-24
Movie The Singing Cowgirl Dick Williams 1938-06-02
Movie Whirlwind Horseman Henchman Slade 1938-04-29
Movie Tell Your Children Ralph 1938-06-15
Movie The Utah Trail Mason - Bookkeeper 1938-08-12
Movie Where the Buffalo Roam Jeff Gray 1938-10-12
Movie Frontier Scout Steve Norris 1938-09-16
Movie Starlight Over Texas Henchman 1938-09-06
Movie Brothers of the West Bart, Tracy Henchman 1937-06-29
Movie Lightnin' Crandall Tommy Shannon 1937-03-24
Movie Rough Riding Rhythm Detective Waters 1937-08-14
Movie The Adventures of Frank Merriwell George Baldwin 1936-01-13
Movie The Black Coin Terry Navarro 1936-09-01
Movie Wanted - A Master Dog's Master (uncredited) 1936-12-26
Movie The Girl on the Front Page Nightclub Patron 1936-09-26
Movie No More Ladies Party Guest (uncredited) 1935-06-14
Movie Doubting Thomas Member of Audience 1935-07-10
Movie Ship Cafe Young Man (uncredited) 1935-11-09
Movie Woman Wanted Steve - Tap Dancer at Baxter's Party (uncredited) 1935-08-02
Movie Murder at the Vanities Chorus Boy (Uncredited) 1934-05-18
Movie Search for Beauty Talent Contestant (uncredited) 1934-02-02
Movie Wonder Bar Chorus Boy (uncredited) 1934-03-31
Movie Tomorrow's Children Interne (uncredited) 1934-07-02
Movie We're Rich Again Pete (uncredited) 1934-07-13
Movie Student Tour Student 1934-10-05
Movie Gift of Gab Dancer (uncredited) 1934-09-01
Movie College Humor Student 1933-07-05
Movie Pick Up Party Boy (uncredited) 1933-03-24
Movie One Man's Journey Dance Extra (uncredited) 1933-08-31
Movie College Coach Student on Tennis Court (uncredited) 1933-11-13
Movie Sitting Pretty Assistant Cameraman (uncredited) 1933-11-23
Movie 70,000 Witnesses Football Player (uncredited) 1932-09-09
Movie Is My Face Red? Chorus Boy (uncredited) 1932-06-17
Movie Roar of the Dragon Submarine Crewman 1932-07-08
Movie The Sign of the Cross Christian on Stairway (uncredited) 1932-11-30
Movie Rasputin and the Empress Soldier (uncredited) 1932-12-23
Movie Flying High Dancer 1931-11-14
Movie Consolation Marriage Man Picking Up Stack of Newspapers (uncredited) 1931-11-21
Movie The Dawn Patrol Pilot (uncredited) 1930-07-10
Movie Good News Student 1930-08-22